Car accidents can be traumatic and financially devastating. State-by-state, there are laws that help protect people who were negligently injured in accidents. In some cases, accidents are caused by drunk drivers, distracted driving, or otherwise negligent drivers. Our Houston car accident lawyers represent auto accident victims who have suffered sustained injuries, such as neck, back, spinal, head, brain injuries, and others.
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Like any sort of personal injury claim, car accident lawsuits in Texas are subject to a “statute of limitations,” which places a hard deadline on how long you have to take legal action. In Texas, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim against the at-fault driver. This applies to claims filed by drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. This same deadline also applies to property damage claims.
Filing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired will almost certainly result in the court refusing to hear your claim, thereby permanently preventing you from recovering compensation.
It is important to remember that insurance claims have a much different timeline; most insurance policies require you to report a collision to your insurer within a few days or weeks of the crash. It is important to consult with a Houston car accident attorney right away after a crash to ensure you comply with all deadlines that may apply to your case.
Sometimes multiple parties are at fault for a collision, including plaintiffs in car accident injury cases. If you and the other driver are both at fault for the accident, do not worry – you can still file a claim and recover compensation.
Under Texas’ modified comparative fault rules, you may still seek compensation for a crash as long as you are less than 50% at fault for the collision. With that being said, your eligible recovery will be reduced by a percentage equal to your proportion of responsibility for the crash.
For example, say you were injured in a rear-end crash resulting in $10,000 worth of economic damages. The courts deem the other driver to be 90% responsible for the crash because they were following you too closely, but since you had a broken tail light, you are 10% to blame. As such, you will only be able to recover $9,000 total (or $10,000 less 10%).
It is impossible to know ahead of time how much compensation you will recover, as every car accident claim is different. The amount of driver insurance coverage and/or settlement money you will receive depends largely on the insurance company and the negotiations your auto accident lawyer makes.
With that being said, the value of your claim will be heavily influenced by the following factors:
Seeking compensation after a car accident on your own can be a complicated and lengthy ordeal involving paperwork, investigations, and several rounds of negotiations with insurance companies. Having a Houston car accident attorney by your side can help you to avoid any costly mistakes and ensure your best interests are protected throughout the duration of your claim.
Filing a car accident claim typically involves the following steps:
Our Houston car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t owe us any fees unless you are financially compensated for your injuries. We will cover the upfront costs of investigating, preparing, and settling your case, even taking your personal injury claim to trial if necessary. If you do not receive money damages in a settlement or jury verdict, you will not pay attorney’s fees. Learn more when you get in touch with Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs today.
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